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it was >> hundreds of firefighters spent hours battling 85 alarm fire on chicago's northwest side. one of the city's biggest buyers in years destroyed a warehouse >> 82 fire trucks swarmed the warehouse... after a massive fire broke out after 130 sunday morning >> the blaze quickly escalated. it prompted a hazardous material response.
>> she cannot believe what she was seeing >> it started in the neighboring building... and then spread to the warehouse. all three buildings burned for more than eight hours >> no firefighters were injured . they said the structure will lead to come down need to come down. >> crews will remain on the
scene to monitor. city officials say the building will lead to be demolished >> an argument on the south side ended in a shooting leaving one man dead and another injured. this weekend's violence brought chicagos murder rate to a new high >> more than 400 homicides in chicago so far. >> locked in a grief-filled embrace.. detectives comb for clues workers wash blood from the sidewalk. this scene, playing out today in bridgeport.. is a familiar one. more than 400 homicides in chicago in 2012... with still 3 months to go. all of a sudden, before you know it pop-pop-pop.
i just seen him laying there. i knew he was dead. 25-year old jose escobar was shot and killed after a fight near a fast food stand at 35th and morgan. his friend was left paralyzed. escobar's family says he was a gang member...but, was trying to get out. right now, in chicago - the epidemic of violence is spreading all over the place. tio hardiman is with ceasefire. in the last few months -- under a grant from the city...the group started working with police in two neighborhoods. hardiman says slowing the city's homicide rate will take changes in policing strategies and community strategies. no one - he says- is off the hook. this is giving us a black eye across the nation. we've reached the 400 mark and we're on pace to hit 500 homicides for the first time in several years. the mayor can only do so much..police can only do so much. we all have to play a role. stop the violence.
on the southside -- members of sweet holy spirit church were on a prayer walk, today. prompted by recent shootings... including the murder of dejuan jackson -- 17 and, police say the gunman -- is just 14 years old. many are wearing red symbolic of the bloodshed and the blood of jesus that covers us all. we want to pray on every corner that crime will cease in this area. homicides are up 25% from this time last year. the state is going to take leaders to get involved in getting people to put down the guns. >> a man accused of abducting another man from his home in streamwood is being held on 325
thousand dollars bond. keewon taylor of streamwood is charged with armed robbery aggravated vehiclular hijacking, and home invasion. taylor is accused abducting a 30-year-old man from a home on lynwood court friday morning. the victim says he was forced into his car at gunpoint.. but he intentionally crashed the vehicle and was able to get away. taylor turned himself in at the cook county courthouse in maywood friday night. hundreds of people gathered on the south side to demand more construction jobs for african americans in chicago. the rally in the beverly neighborhood was organized by retired businessman, ed gardner. he says the high rate of violence among blacks is due to lack of jobs and business opportunites. protesters gathered at a construction site where they claim, no african americans are working.
there are no black people working on the site >> they say they will continue to protest construction sites throughout the city until african-americans are hired to work in their own neighborhoods >> also marching today ... animal rights advocates supporting the puppy mill project. the group's aim is to shed light on puppy mills and the breeding dogs that are left behind after puppies are sold. local rescue shelters also joined in the march, promoting adoption of dogs, over buying them from pet stores. supporters marched down michigan avenue. they want to see chicago ban the sale of dogs in retail stores. chicago fire fighters remember their own today... >> firefighters and their families attended the 13th annual memorial service. the
service was in memory of active and retired firefighters and paramedics who died in the line of duty or passed away in the last 12 months >> the first presidential debate takes place this wednesday night. both candidates have been off the campaign trail this weekend, doing their homework as they get ready for the big night in denver. cristina mutchler has more. the clock is ticking down to wednesday's presidential debate with president obama and mitt romney getting ready to go head-to-head for the first time and their supporters weighing in on who is best prepared. i think both are excellent in their own way. i think you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience, obviously, but also, candy part of it depends on who is moderating. he's been through at least 20 debates in the course of the primaries, and newt gingrich himself said just the other day, he's the best debater. he beat all of them. tim
pawlenty, a republican said they think he's a terrific debater mitt romney used senator rob portman of ohio to act as his opponent while preparing for the debate.... and john kerry played the role of romney stand-in...for president obama. the president has a day job, the presiden'ts been president and has not had the time to practice, all we hear about is that mitt romney's been practicing practicing, practicing wherever he goes. i think mitt romney is going to come in there very prepared, he's going to do very well because he's done very well in all of the debates i think sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, you know a comment. that doesn't happen very often. it happened with reagan and mondale. it happened with reagan and carter, but frankly, i can't remember the last time there was one of these comments that grabbed everybody's attention because, frankly, the candidates are too well prepared. they're well scripted. on sunday, president obama
headed to las vegas for a campaign event -- while mitt romney attended church in massachusetts....before hunkering down for final debate preparations. i'm cristina mutchler reporting. actress lindsey lohan has another run in with police... up next - find out how her night out in new york ended with a police report -- involving an aide for an illinois congressman. plus - governor quinn honors a special group of mothers who've suffered the ultimate loss. and cardinal frances george makes a special appearance to reopen a historic shrine in chicago. today's high temperature was 13 degrees colder than yesterday... wait until next weekend. details of heaahead...
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interviewed by police about the run-in. the u-s supreme court begins its new term tomorrow. today, six of the nine supreme court justices attended the annual "red mass" at the cathedral of saint matthew the apostle in washington. the mass aims to bring people together to pray for members of the judiciary before the court begins hearing cases each year. among the big issues before the supreme court this term: affirmative action, same sex marriage, and voting rights. the death toll for u-s troops in afghanistan has now reached two thousand. the milestone was reached last night - during a possible insider's attack at a checkpoint in the wardak province. five people were killed including one u-s soldier. u-s forces have been fighting in afghanistan for the last eleven years. a program to train afghan soldiers and police officers has been under way for several years.. in anticipation of all foreign troops leaving afghanistan by 2014. but this year, more than 50
american and other nato troops have been killed in attacks by afghan soildiers and police, or insurgents disguised in their uniforms. the governor honored fallen illinois servicemen and women in their families today at a ceremony >> banners were presented to a dozen illinois mothers whose sons and daughters have died in combat while serving their country >> in one of his rare appearances since starting chemotherapy treatements francis cardinal george celebrated mass at a shrine to
mother cabrini. the shrine of saint frances xavier cabrini opens to the public tomorrow. the space used to be part of columbus hospital where mother cabrini lived, worked and died. cardinal george acknowledged the missionary sisters of the sacred heart of jesus, who have worked for a decade to have the shrine reopened. and ... he read a message from pope benedict the 16th. it will be in the center of the city... god's loving prec sence >> the sanctuary will be open to people of all faiths. >> parishioners turned out to show support and say goodbye to a beloved south side priest who battled violence, racism and poverty. 80 year-old father daniel mallete retired in 20-09 after 35 years at "st. margaret of
scotland" church. he's been living in the church rectory, but now says he's being forced to move to a retirement home. some parishioners say he's being treated with a lack of respect by his successor and church officials. he was attacked last year in the rectory after thieves broke in - looking for cash. the archdiocese says he has had round the clock care, but now the rectory is in need of repairs and he must be moved. chicago commuters be warned... another big construction project gets underway tomorrow and it's sure to cause some major headaches.. the details next. plus california drivers steer clear of a major mess on one of the country's busiest highways. break
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there was a lot of activity atop the willis tower early this morning ... and it caused some tv viewers to lose reception. a helicopter delivered a new antenna for wls-tv. while the work was going on at the top of the 110 story building, other stations that use the tower had to turn off their signals. that included wgn. for several hours, viewers who use tv antennas had no reception. cable viewers were not affected. stations were back on the air before 10:30. traffic is about to get a lot more challenging for commuters who use michigan avenue to get onto lake shore drive. the on-ramp at michigan avenue and oak street will be closed
for about six weeks, starting tomorrow. construction crews will be working to repair the viaduct and retaining walls of the northbound ramp. c-dot says the structure is badly in need of repair, and they want to get it done before the winter cycle of freezing and thawing. traffic will be re-routed along inner lake shore drive to the la salle entrance. the southbound exit at michigan and oak will not be affected. drivers in los angeles know what chicago motorists are about to face. crews are wrapping up work on "carmageddon-two", a ten-mile stretch of the "four-oh-five" freeway, shut down for the weekend in a billion dollar widening project. workers got a shock when a huge chunk of concrete fell from a bridge that was being widened for the project. last year's "carmageddon- part one" shut down the same stretch of road. the work is going as scheduled and the highway is expected to open in time for the morning
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aids run and walk was held today. more than 45 hundred people from across the chicago area took part. the aids run and walk aims to raise 400 thousand dollars for the aids foundation of chicago and 35 other city organizations that provide services for people living with h-i-v and aids. wgn's own dean richards and frank holland hosted the event. the celebrity guests included singer michael feinstein and actress and comedienne wanda sykes. since it started back in 2001, the aids run and walk has raised more than one point three million dollars. >> a monster of hit takes top honors at the box office this weekend... >> looks like a lot of people are getting an early start on
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a celebration at navy pier today for an after-school program founded by former chicago first lady maggie daley. it was a bittersweet event... the first one without mrs. daley. she founded the "after school matters" program more than two decades ago. students, families and supporters are preparing for the tenth annual gala fundraiser. it will be held tomorrow night. the program provides chicago's teens with activites ranging from art to technology... helping them gain skills and stay out of trouble. the students also get to showcase their talent and arts and crafts they made. >> that is the news for this
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